Paul Nicolaou opposes changes to Sydney’s iconic NYE fireworks

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Greek Australian, Business Sydney Executive Director, Paul Nicolaou, says Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks should “be left alone”, as City of Sydney councillors vote to scale back on the show for environmental reasons.

City of Sydney councillors have advocated for changes to the fireworks as they search for environmentally friendly solutions in the war on carbon emissions, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Mr Nicolaou has discouraged changes to the famous event, as the fireworks bring in “millions to the city and NSW from tourists interstate and around the world.”

Paul Nicolaou opposes changes to Sydney’s iconic NYE fireworks.

A mix of responses from critics and Sydney business owners, have also debated whether the NYE show in Sydney, and Australia, should be should be altered.

“It’s an iconic event for Sydney and Australia. Our fireworks are shown on TV screens across the world,” Mr Nicolaou said.

“This is the one night in Sydney everyone looks forward to. Why do we need to look at alternatives and try to destroy everything we’ve got?

Sydney’s iconic NYE fireworks.

“We’re talking about half an hour at 9pm and 12am once a year,” Mr Nicolaou explains.

Sydney’s Deputy Mayor, Sylvie Ellsmore, said the council has suggested launching a campaign for “creative ideas competition” into the public’s input into reducing the fireworks carbon footprint.

A spokeswoman said the council are “constantly tracking” how the they can improve in “technology to ensure light shows, lasers and drones are considered.”

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